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Paro Taktsang (Tiger's Nest)#

Tigers Nest
Tigers Nest, 2012
Photo: Doug Knuth under CC taken from Wikipedia

Paro Taktsang 27.491911, 89.363489 , also knwon as Tiger's Nest, is the popular name of Taktsang Palphug Monastery a temple complex and prominent Himalayan Buddhist sacred site in the rock face of the upper Paro valley on an altitude of 2.950m above sea level.

The name Tiger's Nest derives from the legend of its founding, in which Guru Rinpoche flew on the back of a tigress to this site in the 8th century. He meditated for three months in a cave and converted the valley of Paro to Buddhism.

Going to the monastery takes between two and three hours by foot with the option of a short break at a small cafeteria. The high altitude makes the climb a bit difficult, but it can be managed and certainly is worthwhile. If you have doubts about your personal fitness you can rent a mule. It certainly takes longer (than a fit person), but sometimes it is the only possibility to reach this special and breathtaking place.